Newspaper History – The Origin of Newspapers in India & Around the World

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Origin of Newspapers:

The History of newspapers is probably one of the most notable episodes of human experience. The origin of newspapers dates back to Renaissance Europe. It was during this period that local European merchants began the habit of distributing handwritten newsletters amongst each other. However, it was the German people who introduced the earliest forms of printed newspapers way back during the 1400s. Since then the outlook of newspapers has undergone tremendous evolution. In recent times the total number of newspaper count has increased to a mammoth 6580. A normal newspaper of today comprises of various sections like editors’ columns, forecasts, comic strips, entertainment section, newspaper classified ads, newspaper display ads and much more. Unfortunately the financial downturn has hampered the growing rate newspaper classified advertising, simultaneously encouraging the rise of web -based newspapers or e-papers.

History and origin of newspapers in India:

The history of newspapers in India is equally intriguing. The introduction of newspapers in India was actually the result of spreading sense globalization amongst the countrymen. These countrymen craving for updates around the world demanded for a source that gratified their thirst for knowledge. Finally the first newspaper of the country was introduced in Calcutta (Kolkata). Titled Calcutta General Advertise or Hickey’s Bengal Gazette this newspaper was the brainchild of an eccentric Irishman called James Augustus Hickey during the 1780s. Soon newspapers like Bombay Herald and Bombay came into being following the success of their precursor. Over the years the country has witnessed the rise of multiple newspapers dailies out of which broadsheets like Times of India, The Telegraph, Hindu, Hindustan Times, The Statesman, Economic Times, Ananda Bazar Patrika, The Tribune etc have become the highest circulated newspapers in India. The idea of booking classified ads and display ads also grew along with the growth of these national broadsheets.

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